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Freddie, Fannie, Johnny and Sam

Over the weekend were the frightening reports of  the American mortgage industry facing collapse, as IndyMac moved into administration, followed by the departure of shareholders from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae faster than rats from a sinking ship.  Freddie and Fannie’s share price was down …

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The Paranoid Banker

I was amused to hear the comment this week that bankers aren’t paranoid enough. The comment was made in the context that bankers do not believe things change very fast, so why should they be concerned about change? The markets move in their own time, …

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The Stressed Banker

The news was so bad in the papers yesterday about mortgages, credit crunch, banking and retailing, that I was about to stop reading when I turned the page and found slightly better news. Headlined “Is that a crunch in your pocket”, the story is all …

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The Stressed Banker

The news was so bad in the papers yesterday about mortgages, credit crunch, banking and retailing, that I was about to stop reading when I turned the page and found slightly better news. Headlined “Is that a crunch in your pocket”, the story is all …

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The Schizophrenic Banker

Yesterday was a day full of interesting dialogue about retail banking. Much of the discussion was focused upon future revolutions in retailing bank services, thanks to technologies such as getting rid of cash through mobile payments, using RFID in branch, virtualisation and transformation of core …

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The Schizophrenic Banker

Yesterday was a day full of interesting dialogue about retail banking. Much of the discussion was focused upon future revolutions in retailing bank services, thanks to technologies such as getting rid of cash through mobile payments, using RFID in branch, virtualisation and transformation of core …

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The Biometric Debate

In case any of you have missed it, I’m enjoying a knock-out discussion with Stephen Wilson. Stephen decided to take me to task over my contention that governments will force us into biometric banking. That started over here in mid-June. Over the weekend, Stephen then …

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The Biometric Debate

In case any of you have missed it, I’m enjoying a knock-out discussion with Stephen Wilson. Stephen decided to take me to task over my contention that governments will force us into biometric banking. That started over here in mid-June. Over the weekend, Stephen then …

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Interesting quote on investing

Paul Kedrosky, one of my favourite bloggers, picked out  a quote from Andy Rappaport of August Capital about social investing — the idea that you can do good via investing in ethical funds.  Andy says:    "A lot of socially responsible funds have this idea …

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